The new issue of Sight & Sound is up â€” online are an ode to actor Alastair Sim, an ode to Michelangelo Antonioni on the occasion of a re-release of "L’Eclisse," and reviews of "Batman Begins," "Revenge of the Sith" and "Torremolinos 73."
At New York Magazine, Logan Hill looks at the brand, spankin’ new IFC Center, which opens officially this Friday with three screens of "Me and You and Everyone We Know" (which, we, excusing ourselves for the fact that it’s an IFC Films release, still urge you to go see â€” it’s lovely and sincere and magical while remaining as sharp as Todd Solondz‘s best, if Todd Solondz actually, you know, believed in things). We’ve yet to go, but are headed there tonight for a company thing, and we’ve been promised rosemary-buttered popcorn.
At Salon, Allen Barra pens a gushy love letter to the enigmatic, bee-stung greatness that is Angelina Jolie. He blames Hollywood for not knowing what to do with her, and goes into various anecdotes about how much the late Pauline Kael adored her:
Kael’s favorite performance was Jolie as the doomed bisexual supermodel Gia in the HBO film. "My God," she exclaimed, "this girl could play both the Brando and Maria Schneider roles in ‘Last Tango’! Where in the world did she come from?"
Writer Michael Thomas Ford has a somewhat tongue-in-cheek time line of milestone of queer cinema in the San Francisco Chronicle ("1997: Seemingly every British actor comes out of the closet at once. Unfortunately, they all look alike, and everyone thinks there is only one of them.")
At the Guardian, Christopher Frayling pays tribute to the fantastic and bizarre era of the Spaghetti Western, "a time in Italian film history when one actor answered to the pseudonym of Clint Westwood, and one director called himself John Fordson."
Also at the Guardian, Peter Bradshaw on Yasujiro Ozu’s "Tokyo Story" being named the best film of all time in "Halliwell’s," and on the director’s growing importance in the film canon as the years pass.
And the LA Times‘s Carina Chocano dwells on David LaChapelle‘s upcoming "Rize," the trailer for which we’re completely addicted to right now. As she points out, the campy fashion photographer is hardly one you’d guess would make a powerful, socially aware documentary about kids in South Central LA finding meaning and power through dance, but by all accounts the result is excellent. The Filmmaker Blog points out, for the New Yorkers in the house, that the film’s being shown at Rockefeller Center tomorrow night, free and in the open air.
+ July 2005 (Sight & Sound)
+ Art-House Showdown (New York Magazine)
+ Angelina Jolie’s Hollywood exile (Salon)
+ Movie Queens (SF Chronicle)
+ Italian job (Guardian)
+ The quiet master (Guardian)
+ A burst of movement; hope is on the rise (LA Times)
+ DRIVE-IN MOVIES AT THE ROCK (Filmmaker Blog)